The term “Horse Whisperer” brings up a variety of images for
people. The term has mainly been used to describe a person who seems to have
unusual affect or control over horses.
While today, horse whispering may bring to mind thoughts of
someone treating a horse softly and kindly, and connecting to them in a special
way, a search for the true origins of the term pull up different stories.
The term is said to have first been used in Ireland to
describe a man who could tame unruly horses by whispering in their ear (and who
would also disappear into the barn with them for a time before emerging with the
so called tamed horse).
There are also stories of strange rituals involving a specific
bone from a toad skeleton that would give horseman whispering power over
has always had an air of mystery. It describes a person whose methods with
horses are not understood, creating the illusion that the person is doing some
kind of magic with the horse.
Regardless of the origins of the term, the people we may
describe as horse whisperers today, if they are truly good trainers, are not
using magic, in fact I would argue they aren’t whispering at all. They are
listening. And we can do the same.
In today’s video, I will share four ways that we can be
better horse listeners, not horse whisperers!
Click play to watch the video and then leave a comment below!
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